May 2, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) gets ready to take the field in the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/5

Baseball Reference

Tomahawk Take Editorial Notes:  Not many good things to talk about after getting swept the past two series.  The Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the game yesterday that we may see some changes in the lineup on Monday.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Jason Heyward RF 3 0 0 1 0 1 .220 .623
B.J. Upton CF 2 0 0 0 2 1 .213 .627
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .293 .880
Justin Upton LF 4 0 0 0 0 3 .299 .956
Evan Gattis C 4 0 0 0 0 2 .256 .816
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 2 0 0 1 .245 .607
Dan Uggla 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .190 .528
Ramiro Pena SS 3 1 1 0 0 1 .214 .647
Alex Wood P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .143
   Tyler Pastornicky PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 .222 .808
   David Hale P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .188 .400
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 30 1 4 1 2 11 .133 .315
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Generated 5/5/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Alex Wood, L (2-5) 5 7 2 2 1 7 1 3.00
David Hale 1.1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1.93
Luis Avilan 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.48
Jordan Walden 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2.92
Anthony Varvaro 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.79
Team Totals 9 10 4 4 4 10 2 4.00
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Generated 5/5/2014.

 

San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco Giants complete three-game sweep of Atlanta Braves

Tomahawk Take Editorial Notes:  Giants were able to put runs on the board and the Braves weren’t.  The Giants haven’t swept the Braves in Atlanta for a very long time…so maybe they were just due and we can all move on with our lives.

May 2, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) leans on the dugout bench during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The victory itself, a virtual carbon copy of the first two wins in this series won by scores of 2-1 and 3-1, gave the Giants their first-ever three-game sweep at Turner Field since the park opened in 1997. It was also their first sweep in Atlanta since June 27-29, 1988, when they banged out 49 hits and scored 30 runs.

This sweep was a quite different wielding of the brooms. In perhaps the most intriguing bit of history, the Giants swept a series without an RBI hit with a runner in scoring position. That hasn’t happened in Major League Baseball since at least 1974, and the Elias Sports Bureau was still researching the last time it did happen.

 

Atlanta Braves

Triple-A prospect Bethancourt heating up

Tomahawk Take Editorial Notes:  Christian Bethancourt has been a top prospect for the Braves for a couple years now and looks to be shining bright again.  The Gwinnett Braves catcher looks to be heating up at a time where Evan Gattis is cooling down.  Not speculating the Braves make a move now but if the two continue to go in opposite directions, you can’t help but think that.

Bethancourt got a day off from catching on April 29, but he was in the lineup at DH and responded by going 2-for-5. He followed that up with another two-hit performance and a 1-for-3 day on May 2. Adding his Sunday exploits, he’s gone eight for his last 14, with five runs, a home run and six RBIs over the last four games. In that span, the 22-year-old Panamanian has raised his batting average from that .186 all the way to .253. He’s added more than 100 points to his slugging percentage as well, from .220 to .347.

 

Joe Frugal

Atlanta Braves Tickets on Sale for $5 for 24 Hours!

Tomahawk Take Editorial Notes:  In honor of a six game losing streak…or Cinco de Mayo, the Braves are offering a special deal for their fans.  Don’t miss out on this cheap opportunity to go watch a baseball game.

In honor of the Cinco de Mayo holiday, the Braves offer $5 Club Pavilion seats for all of their games versus the St. Louis Cardinals May 5-7 and the Milwaukee Brewers May 19-22.

The Braves say adios to this deal on Tuesday at 8am.

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